On This Day in History: January 6
January 6 is the 6th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. 359 days remain until the end of the year (360 in leap years).
Lottery News On This Day
- Nebraska woman wins Pick 5 lottery jackpot twice in six months. One Nebraska woman is incredibly lucky after winning her second Pick 5 jackpot in less than 6 months, this time worth $138,000 — even bigger than the last.
- Maine couple's $1 million lottery win is their biggest turn of fate to-date. This past year has understandably been a tough one for many people, and for a couple hailing from Turner, Maine, 2020 was particularly unkind to them. But in a twist of fate, they ended the year on a high note when they won a big lottery prize worth $1 million.
- Canada's Lotto Max jackpot sets game record. In the first days of the new year, records are already being broken in Lotto Max, one of Canada's nationwide lottery games.
- Connecticut lawmaker may request hearings over costly drawing error. A key Connecticut legislator is saying he may seek to call another round of investigative hearings into the operations of the quasi-public lottery corporation after a botched New Year's Day raffle drawing excluded 100,000 tickets from any possibility of winning.
- Mega Millions lottery ticket worth $450 million sold in Florida. After 23 straight drawings with no grand prize winner, one winning ticket was sold for the $450 million Mega Millions jackpot in Friday night's drawing.
- Florida store employee arrested for 'micro-scratching' lottery tickets. Authorities say a Florida convenience store clerk was cashing in by cheating, while selling customers worthless lottery tickets.
- $500 MILLION: Powerball jackpot explodes in ticket-buying frenzy. For the second time in the last 24 hours, the Multi-State Lottery Association (MUSL) has raised the official Powerball lottery jackpot estimate for Wednesday's drawing when sales for the mega jackpot have vastly outstripped projections.
- California Lottery is booming, thanks to higher payouts. By increasing the percentage of money paid out as prizes, the California Lottery has become much more profitable, returning more money to education than ever.
- Illinois lottery winners' checks bounced. Eighty-five Illinois Lottery winners last week probably thought they were lucky -- until they tried to cash in their winnings, that is.
- Arizona Lottery creates millionaire in 2012 raffle. The Arizona Lottery conducted its seventh raffle drawing Thursday, awarding more than $3 million in total cash prizes, including one $1 million grand prize.
- Oregon Walmart workers split Idaho Lottery $1M Raffle prize. It's a great start to 2012 for five co-workers at an Oregon Walmart store, who combined their resources and won a million dollars in the Idaho Lottery's raffle drawing.
- $50M Ontario lottery winners face scrutiny. An Ontario, Canada, couple who won a $50 million Lotto Max jackpot last week said they expected to have trouble collecting their winnings.
- $50M Lotto winner a no-show for celebration. The Florida Lottery says it's up to individual winners whether or not they choose to step into the spotlight after picking up millions of dollars, and the state's 1,000th Lotto winner chose not to.
- Arizona Lottery creates millionaire in latest raffle. The Arizona Lottery conducted its sixth raffle drawing Monday, awarding more than $3 million in total cash prizes, including one $1 million grand prize.
- Mega Millions lottery winner recounts epic win. The man who bought one of two winning tickets in the $380 million Mega Millions lottery frightened his wife when he woke her Tuesday night to share the life-changing news.
- Lottery error prompts payout on two sets of winning numbers. An incorrect number reported by the Virginia Lottery for Wednesday night's Win For Life drawing has prompted the participating states of Georgia, Kentucky, and Virginia to payout on two sets of winning numbers.
- Mega Millions Wash. lottery winner to be revealed. One of the two winners of the $380 million Mega Millions jackpot will come forward today.
- The Christmas Eve lottery miracle. A central Kentucky autoworker is lucky he held on to the $128 million Powerball ticket he bought on Christmas Eve during some last-minute shopping -- after all, it was printed by mistake.
- Florida sheriff fears lottery winner murdered. A truck driver's assistant who won $16.9 million in the Florida lottery in 2006 is feared dead after not being seen by friends or relatives since April.
- Powerball helps Florida Lottery cover losses. Since the multi-state lottery game Powerball arrived in Florida a year ago, people have bought more than $430 million in tickets. But even that couldn't stop overall lottery revenue in 2009 from dropping 3 percent compared with the year before.
- Power outage has California lottery running on back-up generators. The California lottery disclosed Saturday night it was using emergency, backup electricity generators indefinitely to run online gambling and other games statewide due to a power outage.
- New lawsuit claims Indiana Lottery did not award all prizes. Two men filed a lawsuit Friday against the Hoosier Lottery, seeking class-action status as a result of the lottery's admitted misrepresentation of the number and amount of prizes available in a scratch-off game.
- Tenn. lottery official leaves after harassment investigation. Former state treasurer Steve Adams has stepped down as chief administrative officer of the Tennessee Education Lottery Corp. following an investigation into allegations of workplace harassment.
- Powerball Jackpot Bumps to $37 Million. Because no one correctly matched all six numbers in Wednesday's Powerball drawing the jackpot grew to an estimated $37 million, with a cash option of $20.4 million.
- Bangladeshi housemaid wins record Jordan lottery jackpot. A Bangladeshi housemaid was reportedly the sole winner of Jordan's New Year lottery, netting record pre-tax prize money of 350,000 dollars.
- Home just got sweeter for lottery winners. In the town of Sweet Home, Orgeon, four residents have claimed a $1.8 million jackpot after picking the correct numbers in Oregon Lottery's Megabucks game on Saturday.
- Audit finds gaps in Oregon Lottery security. A state audit has concluded that the Oregon Lottery should tighten user access to computer data and improve security at employee workstations.
- Maine to use lottery proceeds instead of raising taxes. Maine Governor John Baldacci may draw from future lottery proceeds and delay pension costs as part of his approach to financing a new two-year state budget without raising taxes.
- R.I. Governor Replaces Entire Lottery Commission. Rhode Island Governor Carcieri yesterday asserted the recently passed separation-of-powers constitutional amendment gives him the right to immediately replace all legislators and legislative appointees on the Lottery Commission and Coastal Resources Management Council.
- UK National Lottery gives $22.5 million to tsunami appeal. The UK National Lottery today pledged £12 million towards reconstruction projects in the wake of the Indian Ocean tsunami disaster.
- Media Battle in the Mega Millions Jackpot Dispute. Lottery Post presents a selection of photos and descriptions in the struggle over the $162 million Mega Millions jackpot.
- Lottery Loser's Shady Past. The Ohio woman who told police that she purchased -- and then lost -- the winning $162 million Mega Millions lottery ticket -- has several arrests on her rap sheet, including convictions for assault and credit card fraud. In addition, Elecia Battle is using an alias and has falsely claimed to be married to the man with whom she now lives.
- Woman Sues to Block $162 Million Payout. A hospital worker came forward Tuesday and collected a $162 million lottery jackpot, and another woman who told authorities she bought the winning ticket but lost it has filed a lawsuit seeking to halt any payout to the winner.
- Ohio Woman Claims Lottery Prize, Denies Ticket Lost. An Ohio woman on Tuesday collected a $162 million Mega Millions lottery prize, saying the winning ticket was in her hands all along and had not been lost, as another woman had claimed.
- She's Won Millions but Has No Grand Plans. She's just won the $88 million California SuperLotto Plus jackpot, but Pamela Bazan says no one should expect to see Ferraris in her Rossmoor driveway or to catch her on a diamond shopping spree at Tiffany & Co. And there certainly will be no private jets whisking the retired bookkeeper and her husband off on a round-the-world adventure.
- Rapid reforms vowed for Colorado Lottery. A powerful state legislator suggested Monday that the Colorado Lottery should face more frequent audits to prevent repeats of abuses uncovered over the past two months.
- Tennessee Lottery To Launch 21 Days Early. Tennessee Lottery President & CEO Rebecca Paul on Monday announced the first lottery tickets will go on sale Jan. 20 - a full three weeks earlier than originally anticipated.
Top 25 Lottery Jackpots On This Day
- 1.$559.7 Million
Jan 6, 2018
- 2.$524.1 Million
Jan 6, 2016
- 3.$520 Million
Jan 8, 2021
- 4.$410 Million
Jan 6, 2021
- 5.$258 Million
Jan 8, 2020
- 6.$206 Million
Jan 6, 2015
- 7.€127 Million
Jan 7, 2014
- 8.$165 Million
Jan 8, 2016
- 9.$146 Million
Jan 7, 2015
- 10.$122 Million
Jan 9, 2007
- 11.$117 Million
Jan 6, 2017
- 12.$115 Million
Jan 6, 2007
- 13.€88.18 Million
Jan 7, 2021
- 14.€88 Million
Jan 6, 2006
- 15.$105 Million
Jan 7, 2009
- 16.€86.99 Million
Jan 7, 2019
- 17.€81.62 Million
Jan 8, 2018
- 18.€90 Million
Jan 6, 2017
- 19.$94 Million
Jan 7, 2017
- 20.€73 Million
Jan 6, 2012
- 21.€74.02 Million
Jan 8, 2021
- 22.€75 Million
Jan 7, 2020
- 23.$82 Million
Jan 9, 2019
- 24.$80 Million
Jan 7, 2005
- 25.£52.96 Million
Jan 6, 2016
Lottery Post Member Birthdays On This Day
Tuesday, Jan 6, 1987
34 years old
Tuesday, Jan 6, 1987
34 years old
Sunday, Jan 6, 1985
36 years old
Thursday, Jan 6, 1977
44 years old
Sunday, Jan 6, 1974
47 years old
Tuesday, Jan 6, 1970
51 years old
Thursday, Jan 6, 1966
55 years old
Thursday, Jan 6, 1966
55 years old
Monday, Jan 6, 1964
57 years old
Sunday, Jan 6, 1963
58 years old
Saturday, Jan 6, 1962
59 years old
Monday, Jan 6, 1958
63 years old
Thursday, Jan 6, 1955
66 years old
Tuesday, Jan 6, 1953
68 years old
Thursday, Jan 6, 1949
72 years old
(year not provided)
Worldwide Events On This Day
- Supporters of U.S. President Donald Trump storm the United States Capitol to disrupt certification of the 2020 presidential election, resulting in five deaths and evacuation of the Congress.
- Forty people are killed in a gold mine collapse in Badakhshan province, in northern Afghanistan.
- Five people are killed and six others injured in a mass shooting at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport in Broward County, Florida.
- Twenty-six people are killed and 63 wounded when a suicide bomber blows himself up at a police station in Damascus.
- American Civil Rights Movement: Edgar Ray Killen is indicted for the 1964 murders of Chaney, Goodman, and Schwerner.
- A train collision in Graniteville, South Carolina, United States, releases about 60 tons of chlorine gas.
- A chemical fire in an apartment complex in Manila, Philippines, leads to the discovery of plans for Project Bojinka, a mass-terrorist attack.
- American figure skater Nancy Kerrigan is attacked and injured by an assailant hired by her rival Tonya Harding's ex-husband during the U.S. Figure Skating Championships.
- Indian Border Security Force units kill 55 Kashmiri civilians in Sopore, Jammu and Kashmir, in revenge after militants ambushed a BSF patrol.
- Four people are killed when Lufthansa CityLine Flight 5634 crashes on approach to Charles de Gaulle Airport in Roissy-en-France, France.
- President of Georgia Zviad Gamsakhurdia flees the country as a result of the military coup.
- Satwant Singh and Kehar Singh are sentenced to death for conspiracy in the assassination of Prime Minister Indira Gandhi; the two men are executed the same day.
- In response to the 1973 oil crisis, daylight saving time commences nearly four months early in the United States.
- Vietnam War: United States Marine Corps and ARVN troops launch "Operation Deckhouse Five" in the Mekong River delta.
- National Airlines Flight 2511 is destroyed in mid-air by a bomb, while en route from New York City to Miami.
- The Associations Law comes into force in Iraq, allowing registration of political parties.
- Korean War: Beginning of the Ganghwa massacre, in the course of which an estimated 200-1,300 South Korean communist sympathizers are slaughtered.
- The United Kingdom recognizes the People's Republic of China. The Republic of China severs diplomatic relations with the UK in response.
- Pan American Airlines becomes the first commercial airline to offer a round-the-world ticket.
- The first general election ever in Vietnam is held.
- United States President Franklin D. Roosevelt delivers his Four Freedoms speech in the State of the Union address.
- Clessie Cummins arrives at the National Automobile Show in New York City, having driven a car powered by one of his diesel engines from Indianapolis.
- King Alexander of the Serbs, Croats and Slovenes suspends his country's constitution (the January 6th Dictatorship).
- Mother Teresa arrives by sea in Calcutta, India, to begin her work among India's poorest and sick people.
- New Mexico is admitted to the Union as the 47th U.S. state.
- German geophysicist Alfred Wegener first presents his theory of continental drift.
- Maria Montessori opens her first school and daycare center for working class children in Rome, Italy.
- Second Boer War: Having already besieged the fortress at Ladysmith, Boer forces attack it, but are driven back by British defenders.
- The Washington National Cathedral is chartered by Congress. The charter is signed by President Benjamin Harrison.
- The inauguration of the Musikverein in Vienna, Austria.
- Samuel Colt obtains his first contract for the sale of revolver pistols to the United States government.
- The Night of the Big Wind, the most damaging storm in 300 years, sweeps across Ireland, damaging or destroying more than 20% of the houses in Dublin.
- Alfred Vail and colleagues demonstrate a telegraph system using dots and dashes (this is the forerunner of Morse code).
- Combined British, Portuguese and colonial Brazilian forces begin the Invasion of Cayenne during the Napoleonic Wars.
- In the Battle of Jersey, the British defeat the last attempt by France to invade Jersey in the Channel Islands.
- The Committee of Inquiry on the South Sea Bubble publishes its findings, revealing details of fraud among company directors and corrupt politicians.
- English Restoration: The Fifth Monarchists unsuccessfully attempt to seize control of London, England. The revolt is suppressed after a few days.
- Arauco War: The first Parliament of Quillín is celebrated, putting a temporary hold on hostilities between Mapuches and Spanish in Chile.
- The Union of Arras unites the southern Netherlands under the Duke of Parma (Ottavio Farnese), governor in the name of King Philip II of Spain.
- King Henry VIII of England marries Anne of Cleves.
- The first European school of higher learning in the Americas, Colegio de Santa Cruz de Tlatelolco, is founded by Viceroy Antonio de Mendoza and Bishop Juan de Zumárraga in Mexico City.
- The Catholic Monarchs Ferdinand and Isabella enter Granada at the conclusion of the Granada War.
- Constantine XI is crowned Byzantine Emperor at Mystras.
- Charles IV of Bohemia is crowned with the Iron Crown of Lombardy as King of Italy in Milan.
- Stephen Uroš III is crowned King of Serbia, having defeated his half-brother Stefan Konstantin in battle. His son is crowned "young king" in the same ceremony.
- Philip of Swabia undergoes a second coronation as King of the Romans.
- Following the death of Edward the Confessor on the previous day, the Witan meets to confirm Harold Godwinson as the new King of England; Harold is crowned the same day, sparking a succession crisis that will eventually lead to the Norman conquest of England.
Births On This Day
- Will Barton, American basketball player
- Andy Carroll, English footballer
- Derrick Morgan, American football player
- Bongani Khumalo, South African footballer
- Paul McShane, Irish footballer
- Petter Northug, Norwegian skier
- Kate McKinnon, American actress and comedian
- Adam Burish, American ice hockey player
- Gilbert Arenas, American basketball player
- Roy Asotasi, New Zealand rugby league player
- Eddie Redmayne, English actor and model
- Asante Samuel, American football player
- Casey Fossum, American baseball player
- Bubba Franks, American football player
- Richard Zedník, Slovak ice hockey player
- James Farrior, American football player
- Daniel Cordone, Argentinian footballer
- Paul Grant, American basketball player and coach
- Scott Ferguson, Canadian ice hockey player and coach
- Vasso Karantasiou, Greek beach volleyball player
- Irwin Thomas, American-Australian singer-songwriter and guitarist
- Julie Chen, American television journalist, presenter, and producer
- Radoslav Látal, Czech footballer and manager
- Gabrielle Reece, American volleyball player, sportscaster, and actress
- Norman Reedus, American actor and model
- John Singleton, American director, producer, and screenwriter (d. 2019)
- A. R. Rahman, Indian composer, singer-songwriter, music producer, musician, and philanthropist
- Sharon Cuneta, Filipino singer and actress
- Attilio Lombardo, Italian footballer and manager
- Bjørn Lomborg, Danish author and academic
- Jacqueline Moore, American wrestler and manager
- Norm Charlton, American baseball player and coach
- Paul Kipkoech, Kenyan runner (d. 1995)
- Georges Jobé, Belgian motocross racer (d. 2012)
- Nigel Melville, English rugby player
- Peter Whittle, British politician, author, journalist, and broadcaster
- Paul Azinger, American golfer and sportscaster
- Kari Jalonen, Finnish ice hockey player and coach
- Nigella Lawson, English chef and author
- Howie Long, American football player and sports commentator
- Kapil Dev, Indian cricketer
- Shlomo Glickstein, Israeli tennis player
- Michael Foale, British-American astrophysicist and astronaut
- Nancy Lopez, American golfer and sportscaster
- Elizabeth Strout, American novelist and short story writer
- Justin Welby, English archbishop
- Clive Woodward, English rugby player and coach
- Rowan Atkinson, English actor, producer, and screenwriter
- Anthony Minghella, English director and screenwriter (d. 2008)
- Malcolm Young, Scottish-Australian singer-songwriter, guitarist, and producer (d. 2017)
- Don Gullett, American baseball player and coach
- Kim Wilson, American singer-songwriter and harmonica player
- Louis Freeh, American lawyer and jurist, 10th Director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation
- Mike Boit, Kenyan runner and academic (estimated date)
- Carolyn D. Wright, American poet and academic (d. 2016)
- Guy Gardner, American colonel and astronaut
- Dayle Hadlee, New Zealand cricketer
- Sandy Denny, English folk-rock singer-songwriter (d 1978)
- Syd Barrett, English singer-songwriter and guitarist (d. 2006)
- Barry John, Welsh rugby player
- Bonnie Franklin, American actress and singer (d. 2013)
- Alan Stivell, French singer-songwriter and harp player
- Rolf M. Zinkernagel, Swiss immunologist and academic, Nobel Prize laureate
- Terry Venables, English footballer and manager
- Van McCoy, American singer-songwriter and producer (d. 1979)
- Valeriy Lobanovskyi, Ukrainian footballer and manager (d. 2002)
- Murray Rose, English-Australian swimmer and sportscaster (d. 2012)
- Adriano Celentano, Italian singer-songwriter, actor, and director
- Adrienne Clarke, Australian botanist and academic
- Larisa Shepitko, Soviet film director, screenwriter, and actress (d. 1979)
- Ludvík Daněk, Czech discus thrower (d. 1998)
- Lou Holtz, American football player, coach, and sportscaster
- Doris Troy, American singer-songwriter (d. 2004)
- Darlene Hard, American tennis player
- Julio María Sanguinetti, Uruguayan journalist, lawyer, and politician, 29th President of Uruguay
- Ian Meckiff, Australian cricketer
- Nino Tempo, American musician, singer, and actor
- Harry M. Miller, New Zealand-Australian talent agent and publicist (d. 2018)
- Sylvia Syms, English actress
- Oleg Grigoryevich Makarov, Russian engineer and astronaut (d. 2003)
- Stuart A. Rice, American chemist and academic
- E. L. Doctorow, American novelist, playwright, and short story writer (d. 2015)
- Graeme Hole, Australian cricketer (d. 1990)
- Dickie Moore, Canadian ice hockey player and businessman (d. 2015)
- Vic Tayback, American actor (d. 1990)
- Capucine, French actress and model (d. 1990)
- Jesse Leonard Steinfeld, American physician and academic, 11th Surgeon General of the United States (d. 2014)
- Ralph Branca, American baseball player (d. 2016)
- Pat Flaherty, American race car driver (d. 2002)
- Mickey Hargitay, Hungarian-American actor and bodybuilder (d. 2006)
- John DeLorean, American engineer and businessman, founded the DeLorean Motor Company (d. 2005)
- Kim Dae-jung, South Korean soldier and politician, 8th President of South Korea, Nobel Prize laureate (d. 2009)
- Earl Scruggs, American banjo player (d. 2012)
- Vladimir Kazantsev, Russian runner (d. 2007)
- Norman Kirk, New Zealand engineer and politician, 29th Prime Minister of New Zealand (d. 1974)
- Jacobo Timerman, Argentinian journalist and author (d. 1999)
- Marianne Grunberg-Manago, Russian-French biochemist and academic (d. 2013)
- Cary Middlecoff, American golfer and sportscaster (d. 1998)
- John Maynard Smith, English biologist and geneticist (d. 2004)
- Sun Myung Moon, Korean religious leader; founder of the Unification Church (d. 2012)
- Early Wynn, American baseball player, coach, and sportscaster (d. 1999)
- Koo Chen-fu, Taiwanese businessman and diplomat (d. 2005)
- Park Mok-wol, influential Korean poet and academic (d. 1978)
- Don Edwards, American soldier, lawyer, and politician (d. 2015)
- John C. Lilly, American psychoanalyst, physician, and philosopher (d. 2001)
- Alan Watts, English-American philosopher and author (d. 1973)
- Godfrey Edward Arnold, Austrian-American physician and academic (d. 1989)
- Edward Gierek, Polish lawyer and politician (d. 2001)
- Loretta Young, American actress (d. 2000)
- Jacques Ellul, French philosopher and critic (d. 1994)
- Danny Thomas, American actor, comedian, producer, and humanitarian (d. 1991)
- Kid Chocolate, Cuban boxer (d. 1988)
- Wright Morris, American author and photographer (d. 1998)
- Yiannis Papaioannou, Greek composer and educator (d. 1989)
- Maurice Abravanel, Greek-American pianist and conductor (d. 1993)
- Maria of Yugoslavia, Queen of Yugoslavia (d. 1961)
- Heinrich Nordhoff, German engineer (d. 1968)
- James Fitzmaurice, Irish soldier and pilot (d. 1965)
- Ted McDonald, Australian cricketer (d. 1937)
- Kahlil Gibran, Lebanese-American poet, painter, and philosopher (d. 1931)
- Fan S. Noli, Albanian-American bishop and politician, 13th Prime Minister of Albania (d. 1965)
- Sam Rayburn, American lawyer and politician, 48th Speaker of the United States House of Representatives (d. 1961)
- Ion Minulescu, Romanian author, poet, and critic (d. 1944)
- Tom Mix, American cowboy and actor (d. 1940)
- Adeline Genée, Danish-born British ballerina (d. 1970)
- Carl Sandburg, American poet and historian (d. 1967)
- Fred Niblo, American actor, director, and producer (d. 1948)
- Alexander Scriabin, Russian pianist and composer (d. 1915)
- Gustav Bauer, German journalist and politician, 11th Chancellor of Germany (d. 1944)
- Victor Horta, Belgian architect, designed Hôtel van Eetvelde (d. 1947)
- George Lloyd, English-Canadian bishop and theologian (d. 1940)
- Samuel Alexander, Australian-English philosopher and academic (d. 1938)
- Hugh Mahon, Irish-Australian publisher and politician, 10th Australian Minister for Foreign Affairs (d. 1931)
- William Russell, American lawyer and politician, 37th Governor of Massachusetts (d. 1896)
- Giuseppe Martucci, Italian pianist, composer, and conductor (d. 1909)
- Clarence King, American geologist, mountaineer, and critic (d. 1901)
- Max Bruch, German composer and conductor (d. 1920)
- Gustave Doré, French painter and sculptor (d. 1883)
- Heinrich Schliemann, German archaeologist and businessman (d. 1890)
- Charles Sumner, American lawyer and politician (d. 1874)
- Joseph Pitty Couthouy, American conchologist and paleontologist (d. 1864)
- Joseph Petzval, German-Hungarian mathematician and physicist (d. 1891)
- Henri Herz, Austrian pianist and composer (d. 1888)
- Jedediah Smith, American hunter, explorer, and author (d. 1831)
- Anselme Payen, French chemist and academic (d. 1871)
- James Madison Porter, American lawyer and politician, 18th United States Secretary of War (d. 1862)
- Andreas Moustoxydis, Greek historian and philologist (d. 1860)
- José Gaspar Rodríguez de Francia, Paraguayan lawyer and politician, first dictator of Paraguay (d. 1840)
- Jacques-Etienne Montgolfier, French co-inventor of the hot air balloon (d. 1799)
- Percivall Pott, English surgeon (d. 1788)
- José de Nebra, Spanish composer (d. 1768)
- Giuseppe Sammartini, Italian oboe player and composer (d. 1750)
- James Brydges, 1st Duke of Chandos, English academic and politician, Lord Lieutenant of Radnorshire (d. 1744)
- Eleonor Magdalene of Neuburg (d. 1720)
- Anne Hamilton, 3rd Duchess of Hamilton, Scottish peeress (d. 1716)
- Christoffer Gabel, Danish politician (d. 1673)
- Claude Favre de Vaugelas, French educator and courtier (d. 1650)
- Gaspar de Guzmán, Count-Duke of Olivares (d. 1645)
- Thomas Fincke, Danish mathematician and physicist (d. 1656)
- Jane Dormer, Duchess of Feria (d. 1612)
- Caspar Peucer, German physician and scholar (d. 1602)
- John of Ávila, Spanish mystic and saint (d. 1569)
- Olaus Petri, Swedish clergyman (d. 1552)
- Helius Eobanus Hessus, German poet (d. 1540)
- Martin Agricola, German composer and theorist (d. 1556)
- Joan of Arc, French martyr and saint (d. 1431)
- Edmund Holland, 4th Earl of Kent (d. 1408)
- Richard II of England (d. 1400)
- Gertrude the Great, German mystic (d. 1302)
Deaths On This Day
- Richard Maponya, South African businessman (b. 1920)
- Gordon Renwick, Canadian ice hockey administrator and businessman (b. 1935)
- José Ramón Fernández, Cuban revolution leader (b. 1923)
- Lamin Sanneh, Gambian-born American professor (b. 1942)
- W. Morgan Sheppard, British actor (b. 1932)
- Paul Streeten, Austrian-born British economics professor (b. 1917)
- Octavio Lepage, Venezuelan politician, President of Venezuela (b. 1923)
- Om Puri, Indian actor (b. 1950)
- Pat Harrington, Jr., American actor and screenwriter (b. 1929)
- Florence King, American journalist and author (b. 1936)
- Christy O'Connor Jnr, Irish golfer and architect (b. 1948)
- Silvana Pampanini, Italian model, actress, and director, Miss Italy 1946 (b. 1925)
- Arthur Jackson, American lieutenant and target shooter (b. 1918)
- Basil John Mason, English meteorologist and academic (b. 1923)
- Marina Ginestà, French Resistance soldier and photographer (b. 1919)
- Nelson Ned, Brazilian singer-songwriter (b. 1947)
- Julian Rotter, American psychologist and academic (b. 1916)
- Ruth Carter Stevenson, American art collector, founded the Amon Carter Museum of American Art (b. 1923)
- Gerard Helders, Dutch jurist and politician (b. 1905)
- Cho Sung-min, South Korean baseball player (b. 1973)
- Bob Holness, South African-English radio and television host (b. 1928)
- Spike Pola, Australian footballer and soldier (b. 1914)
- Uche Okafor, Nigerian footballer, coach, and sportscaster (b. 1967)
- Ron Asheton, American guitarist, songwriter, and actor (probable; b. 1948)
- Shmuel Berenbaum, Rabbi of Mir Yeshiva (Brooklyn) (b. 1920)
- Roberta Wohlstetter, American political scientist, historian, and academic (b. 1912)
- Lou Rawls, American singer-songwriter (b. 1933)
- Eileen Desmond, Irish civil servant and politician, 12th Irish Minister for Health (b. 1932)
- Lois Hole, Canadian academic and politician, 15th Lieutenant Governor of Alberta (b. 1929)
- Tarquinio Provini, Italian motorcycle racer (b. 1933)
- Pierre Charles, Dominican educator and politician, 5th Prime Minister of Dominica (b. 1954)
- Michel Petrucciani, French-American pianist (b. 1962)
- Joe Slovo, Lithuanian-South African lawyer and politician (b. 1926)
- Dizzy Gillespie, American singer-songwriter and trumpet player (b. 1917)
- Rudolf Nureyev, Russian-French dancer and choreographer (b. 1938)
- Ian Charleson, Scottish-English actor (b. 1949)
- Pavel Cherenkov, Russian physicist and academic, Nobel Prize laureate (b. 1904)
- Ernest Laszlo, Hungarian-American cinematographer (b. 1898)
- A. J. Cronin, Scottish physician and author (b. 1896)
- Burt Munro, New Zealand motorcycle racer (b. 1899)
- David Alfaro Siqueiros, Mexican painter (b. 1896)
- Chen Yi, Chinese general and politician, 2nd Foreign Minister of the People's Republic of China (b. 1901)
- Jean Lurçat, French painter (b. 1892)
- Victor Fleming, American director, producer, and cinematographer (b. 1883)
- Vladimir Vernadsky, Russian mineralogist and chemist (b. 1863)
- Jacques Rosenbaum, Estonian-German architect (b. 1878)
- Ida Tarbell, American journalist, reformer, and educator (b. 1857)
- Emma Calvé, French soprano and actress (b. 1858)
- Henri de Baillet-Latour, Belgian businessman, 3rd President of the International Olympic Committee (b. 1876)
- Charley O'Leary, American baseball player and coach (b. 1882)
- Gustavs Zemgals, Latvian journalist and politician, 2nd President of Latvia (b. 1871)
- André Bessette, Canadian saint (b. 1845)
- Herbert Chapman, English footballer and manager (b. 1878)
- Vladimir de Pachmann, Ukrainian-German pianist (b. 1848)
- Alvin Kraenzlein, American hurdler and long jumper (b. 1876)
- Jakob Rosanes, Ukrainian-German mathematician and chess player (b. 1842)
- Devil Anse Hatfield, American guerrilla leader (b. 1839)
- Theodore Roosevelt, American colonel and politician, 26th President of the United States (b. 1858)
- Georg Cantor, German mathematician and philosopher (b. 1845)
- Hendrick Peter Godfried Quack, Dutch economist and historian (b. 1834)
- Frederick Hitch, English soldier, Victoria Cross recipient (b. 1856)
- Lars Hertervig, Norwegian painter (b. 1830)
- Thomas W. Knox, American journalist and author (b. 1835)
- Bharatendu Harishchandra, Indian author, poet, and playwright (b. 1850)
- Gregor Mendel, Czech geneticist and botanist (b. 1822)
- Richard Henry Dana, Jr., American lawyer and politician (b. 1815)
- Giacomo Beltrami, Italian jurist, explorer, and author (b. 1779)
- Louis Braille, French educator, invented Braille (b. 1809)
- Frances Burney, English author and playwright (b. 1752)
- Rodolphe Kreutzer, French violinist, composer, and conductor (b. 1766)
- Josef Dobrovský, Czech philologist and historian (b. 1753)
- Louis Baraguey d'Hilliers, French general (b. 1764)
- John Dennis, English playwright and critic (b. 1657)
- Étienne François Geoffroy, French physician and chemist (b. 1672)
- Chikamatsu Monzaemon, Japanese actor and playwright (b. 1653)
- Giovanni Vincenzo Gravina, Italian lawyer and jurist (b. 1664)
- Philips van Almonde, Dutch admiral (b. 1646)
- Mehmed IV, Ottoman sultan (b. 1642)
- Seth Ward, English bishop, mathematician, and astronomer (b. 1617)
- Elias Holl, German architect, designed the Augsburg Town Hall (b. 1573)
- Philip Henslowe, English impresario (b. 1550)
- Alessandro de' Medici, Duke of Florence (b. 1510)
- Baldassare Peruzzi, Italian architect and painter, designed the Palazzo Massimo alle Colonne (b. 1481)
- Ahmed Khan bin Küchük, Mongolian ruler
- Uzun Hasan, 9th Shahanshah of the Turkoman Aq Qoyunlu dynasty
- Jean VIII, Count of Vendôme
- Christopher of Bavaria, King of Denmark, Norway and Sweden (b. 1418)
- Roger Walden, English bishop
- Gertrude van der Oosten, Beguine mystic
- Giovanni I di Murta, second doge of the Republic of Genoa
- Raymond of Penyafort, Catalan archbishop and saint (b. 1175)
- Matilda of Chester, Countess of Huntingdon, Anglo-Norman noblewoman (b. 1171)
- Gilbert de Clare, 1st Earl of Pembroke (b. 1100)
- Berengar of Tours, French scholar and theologian (b. 999)
- Abo of Tiflis, Iraqi martyr and saint (b. 756)